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Africa-ontherise is fostering development in Africa by changing the conversations of its people. We share only positive and progressive news and stories on and about Africa, inspiring people to take positive actions towards building a better continent.

10-Year-Old Nigerian Poet, Chukwuemeka Obi-Obasi Iwuala, Gets N6 Million Scholarship

Chukwu with Govt Officials

The Federal Government on Thursday rewarded a 10-year-old poet, Chukwuemeka Obi-Obasi, with N6 million scholarship for rare display of talent. Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, who announced the award, said President Goodluck Jonathan approved the scholarship to encourage the emergence of fresh talents. Obi-Obasi, who performed last week at the opening of the Continue Reading

Orange & Alcatel Launch Cheapest 4G Phone in Africa

Alcatel OneTouch logo COLORS

Orange together with Alcatel, have launched the ALCATEL ONETOUCH PIXI 2 smartphone, an affordable $ 60 smartphone aimed to put mobile internet in more people’s hands in Africa and the Middle East. Last year, the ALCATEL ONETOUCH PIXI was a huge and sold about 2500,000 units within 6 months and it quickly become the most Continue Reading



Featured in April on CNN African Start-up Gossy Ukanwoke is on the rise with his founding of Nigeria’s first private online university, Beni American University (BAU) in 2012. The University is the product of a previous online venture he started called ‘Students Circle’, an educational social networking site that allows learners to interact and access Continue Reading

CNN Names Ebony Life TV CEO, Mo Abudu, as ‘Africa’s Oprah’


Cable News Network (CNN) has identified Nigeria’s media icon and one of Africa’s leadingwomen, Mo Abudu, as “Africa’s Oprah”. She is the Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife TV on DSTV Channel 165. Justifying the award, CNN noted that Abudu’s greatest achievement and what makes her story remarkable is not just conquering African TV – but Continue Reading


Featured African Series - Misan

Tell us who Misan Rewane is please? I am a young Nigerian, young African, passionate about the potential of other young people in this blessed continent. I found myself here through a mix of education, family upbringing, the values and the responsibilities around those values I was brought up with. After spending the first sixteen, Continue Reading

Chinelo Okparanta Makes the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Awards


The New York Public Library picked five marvelous writers under the age of 35 as finalists to win the prestigious Young Lions Fiction Award for 2014. The $10,000 prize is awarded each spring, and past winners include Colson Whitehead, Karen Russell, Claire Vaye Watkins, Wells Tower, and Adam Levin. The 2014 finalists are: Chinelo Okparanta for Happiness, Like Water Matt Bell Continue Reading

Senegalese Fashion Designer, Adama Amanda Ndiaye, is Pushing African Fashion Forward


Dakar, Senegal (CNN) – Wearing a stylish red dress and a beaming smile, celebrated fashion designer Adama Paris sits comfortably inside her spacious living room in Dakar, the vibrant seaside capital of Senegal, as we discuss her inspirations. “My designing process starts always with me,” explains Paris. “With what I want to wear; with what is Continue Reading

Top 10 Quotes on Africa from the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos

WEF 2014

While the narrative on Africa is evolving, more and more Africans are joining in the conversation and taking ownership of the issues that impact the continent. There are bright spots on the news on Africa; the population is projected to grow to 2 billion by 2050 and will soon have the largest workforce according to the Harvard Business Review. Continue Reading